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The Best NBA Buys for the Money  

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List Rules Only players who were drafted after the 20th pick in the NBA draft

The best NBA buys for the money are the top professional basketball players who were either undrafted free agents or selected late in the NBA Draft. These are all NBA players who were selected outside of the draft's top-20 picks. Many of these players had successful careers, winning NBA championships in addition to a slew of other personal awards. Some ended up being among the best NBA players ever. You will see former Finals MVPs, Defensive Players of the Year, Sixth Men of the Year, all-NBA players and some the best players in the league. in addition, guys who carved out solid, above average careers are on this list. There are a lot of familiar names and you will be surprised to see some names who were passed over by a number of NBA teams. There are some superstars and some role players who were in the league for many years.

Unsurprisingly, the San Antonio Spurs are well represented on here. Drafting near the bottom of the draft for the better part of the 25 years, Gregg Popovich and company have managed to stay in contention due to smart drafting and getting bang for their buck with these picks. Finding players like Tony Parker, drafted 28th in 2001, and Manu Ginobili, drafted incredibly at 55 in 1999, are two examples of how well the Spurs have done in getting the best buys with their late round draft picks.

What the worst NBA execs have in common is that they don't have players that appear on this list. Which of these players is the ultimate late-round steal? Have your say by voting, adding or re-ranking this list of best NBA buys for the money.

 

list ordered by
1
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward, Power forward
Pick 27, 1986
2
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
Pick 55, 1999
3
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 28, 2001
4
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center
Pick 48, 2007
5
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center
FA, 1996
6
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard
Pick 60, 2011
7
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Shooting guard
8
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard, Shooting guard
Pick 50, 1988
9
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Shooting guard, Small forward
Pick 51, 2003
10
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward
Pick 47, 2006
11
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 21, 2006
12
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center
Pick 35, 2008
13
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Power forward, Center
14
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard
Pick 45, 2008
15
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 87, 1985
16
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward
Pick 29, 1990
17
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
pick 46, 1986
18
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 21, 2005
19
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward
Pick 46, 2009
20
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center
Pick 24, 2008
21
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard
Pick 31, 2001
22
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard
Pick 40, 2005
23
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
Pick 60, 1986
24
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
kasrashvilis added Shooting guard
25
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward, Power forward